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THE SARASOTA News Leader The Progressive Voice Of Southwest Florida September 21, 2012 SUNSHINE WHACK-A-MOLE ROMNEYS RINGLING RUN-AROUND PREMIER EDITION Old school journalism. 21st century delivery. Inside
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CONTENTS SUNSHINE WHACK-A-MOLE COVER PHOTOS: Front Norman Schimmel; Sarasota Leisure Norman Schimmel FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH ROMNEYS RINGLING RUN-AROUND SIESTA SEEN Sunshine whack-a-mole 6 Charter schools hit hardest 9 Romneys Ringling run-around 12 A bemused board 14 Feeling the impact 17 Swallowed whole 21 In public service 23 Tourist tax triumph 28 Tweaking the EEZ 31 Charter changers 34 Paint with your Chalk Festival? 36 Back from limbo 38 Big return on investment 40 Let there be light 43 Safe passage 46 Circus center 50 Pervious parking parry 52 Check out the plug-ins 55 In other action 57 City Briefs 60 News Briefs 63 Sarasota Leisure 69 Fountain of Youth 70 Siesta Seen 73 Ask Otus 78 A tennis classic for tennis fanatics 81 Community Calendar 83 Schimmel Sightings 84
We Defeated Unemployment Then. We Can Do It Again.Economic experts, not politicians, from the Right, Left and In-between, using reliable facts, not political ads, show how THEY would create jobs and end the Great Recession if they were elected President on Nov. 6. Before you vote, come to the Bayfront Community Center in Sarasota on Sat. Sept. 29 and, instead of negative debates about past mistakes by Democrats or Republicans, learn how to put America back to work. Kimberly Amadeo Expert at About.com and Author of e Great Recession: What Happened and How to Prosper. With humor and common sense she shows how our economy really works. Ayse Somersan, PhD Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is famous for making economics understandable and enjoyable. Pam Villarreal Senior Fellow, National Center for Policy Analysis, Dallas, TX. Expert on Retirement, Social Security, Economic Growth and Tax Policy Moderator: Rob Lorei Florida this Week WEDU Ch. 3, Public Aairs & News Director WMNF-FM 88.5, Tampa. He doesnt tell people what to think; he wants people to think for themselves.Margaret Bourke-White photo LIFE, Feb. 15, 1937 Info Tables (1-2pm & 5-6pm): IndependentVoting.org and WorldMoneyWatch.com
Copyright 2012 Sarasota News Leader All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. The Sarasota News Leader is a publication of: Stan Zimmerman City Editor Stan@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Norman Schimmel Contributing Photographer NSchimmel@SarasotaNewsLeader.com David Staats Contributing Writer DStaats@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Fran Palmeri Contributing Writer FPalmeri@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer HCuthbert@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Elinor Rogosin A&E Writer ERogosin@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Cleve Posey Production Consultant Cleve@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Robert S. Hackney General Manager Robert@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Advertising Sales Sales@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Subscription Services Subs@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Rachel Brown Hackney Editor and Publisher Rachel@SarasotaNewsLeader.com Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Cooper@SarasotaNewsLeader.com
The Sarasota News Leader SUNSHINE WHACK-A-MOLE By Stan Zimmerman City Editor A SARASOTA PARALEGAL IS REQUESTING DID EMAILS, LOOKING FOR IMPROPER DISCUSSIONS OF DOWNTOWN VAGRANCY ISSUES. Downtown Sarasota business owners and residents have continued to complain about groups of homeless people clustered around Selby Public Library and Five Points Park. Photo by Norman Schimmel
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The Sarasota News Leader CHARTER SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST 304 OF THE 349 FEWER STUDENTS THAN PROJECTED IN SARASOTA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS THIS YEAR WERE EXPECTED AT CHARTER SCHOOLS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Sarasota County Public Schools Deputy Chief Financial Officer Al Weidner (left) and CFO Mitsi Corcoran (second from left) meet with the School Board and Superintendent Lori White during a Sept. 18 workshop. Photo by Rachel Hackney
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The ROMNEYS RINGLING RUN-AROUND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES RALLY AT THE SARASOTA ART MUSEUM MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE MUSEUMS RENTAL POLICY. By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 13 Editors note: Hat tip to Virginia Hoffman cies. Old school journalism. 21st century delivery. Get It On Your iPad and other Devices
A BEMUSED BOARD CONCEPT OF COMPATIBILITY VARIES AMONG THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN LAND USE. By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Residents of the city of Sarasota have voiced frustration in the past over local government approval of high-rise buildings near single-family homes. File photo
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FEELING THE IMPACT COUNTY COMMISSION AUTHORIZES NEW STUDY ON CALCULATING IMPACT FEES, USING THE MOST RECENT COST DATA AVAILABLE; SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES ANOTHER TWO-YEAR MORATORIUM By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The Sarasota County Commission prepares for a meeting in the Think Tank in the Administration Center on Ringling Boulevard in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel
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Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 19 SCHOOL BOARD IMPACT FEES DETAILED
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SWALLOWED WHOLE CITY COMMISSION VOTES TO RAID THE CLEAN ENERGY FUND TO SUPPLEMENT THE GENERAL FUND. By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The Sarasota City Commission sits in regular session. Photo by Norman Schimmel
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IN PUBLIC SERVICE SARASOTA COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR RANDALL REID TALKS ABOUT HIS STEWARDSHIP OF A PREMIER COUNTY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Randall Reid Photo by Norman Schimmel
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 24 THE ROAD TO SARASOTA LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXPERTISE I like the scale of county government. Its never boring. I can go from a human service issue to a public safety issue. I can experience a lot in one day. Randall Reid, Sarasota County Administrator
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 25 Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson and County Administrator Randall Reid prepare for the start of a regular commission meeting this month. Photo by Rachel Hackney
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 26 A NEW ADVENTURE BEYOND THE DESK
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 27 THE HEART OF THE MAN
The Sara sota News Leader TOURIST TAX TRIUMPH TOURISM REMAINS BRIGHTEST SPOT IN COUNTYS ECONOMY, WITH TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX REVENUE 20% HIGHER THAN PROJECTED By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The Baltimore Orioles star center elder, Adam Jones, gets a hit against the Detroit Tigers at Ed Smith Stadium in March. Sarasota County tourism promotions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area lure thousands of fans to Sarasota for spring training games. Photo by Norman Schimmel
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 29 The latest Sarasota County tourist development tax revenue report by location shows Siesta Key once again has edged out the city of Sarasota by percentage of collections.
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 30 ELECTRIC VENUE SIESTA EDGES AHEAD
Sarasota County chose an undeveloped area of approximately 1,000 acres within the adopted Urban Service Area as one of the two designated Energy Economic zones. A compact site served by the Legacy Trail, which is more than 10 miles in length from just south of the City of Sarasota to Venice and proximate to a network of major road ways, the locale affords opportunities for a mixed-use land use design that integrates TWEAKING THE EEZ REBRANDING TO REFLECT NEW, LESS GEOGRAPHICALLY STRICT PLAN By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor The Sarasota County Commission has been addressing EEZ Pilot Program issues over the past year. Photo by Norman Schimmel
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 32 multi-modal and transit features. In addi tion, the countys program model includes the creation of clean technology and green jobs within this zone, thus promoting a bal ance of jobs to housing. A Sarasota County staff PowerPoint presentation from Feb. 8 includes this map of enterprise zones throughout the state of Florida. Image courtesy Sarasota County
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Editors note: There are seven weeks until the Nov. 6 election and seven amendments proposed for the City of Sarasotas charter. Each week until Election Day, The Sarasota News Leader will examine an amendment. CHARTER CHANGERS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor ONE SARASOTA CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT ON THE NOV. 6 BALLOT CALLS FOR SUPER-MAJORITY VOTES OF THE CITY COMMISSION TO ACHIEVE CHANGE IN TWO TYPES OF SCENARIOS. One of the proposed amendments to the City of Sarasotas charter would necessitate a super-majority vote of the City Commission to approve a lease of any city property for more than 10 years. Photo by Norman Schimmel
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PAINT WITH YOUR CHALK FESTIVAL? PROPOSAL FOR USE OF PAINT IN SOME FESTIVAL ARTWORK INCITES CITY CONCERNS. By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The annual Chalk Festival draws tens of thousands of people to Burns Square every fall. Photo by Norman Schimmel
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BACK FROM LIMBO THE CITY OF SARASOTA HAS RESURRECTED A PROJECT TO HELP VISITORS AND NEWCOMERS FIND THEIR WAY TO AN ARRAY OF DESTINATIONS. By Stan Zimmerman City Editor City of Sarasota staff has unveiled new signage for a waynding project.
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By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor BIG RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR EVERY $1 IN INCENTIVES FROM SARASOTA COUNTY, FILM COMPANIES ARE SPENDING ABOUT $22 IN THE COMMUNITY Film companies are shooting in Sarasota County far more often than once in a blue moon. Photo by Norman Schimmel
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By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor LET THERE BE LIGHT NEXT WEEK, THE COUNTY COMMISSION IS EXPECTED TO DISCUSS THE LATEST COST ESTIMATE FOR INSTALLING LED LIGHTING AT SIESTA VILLAGE CROSSWALKS. Although relatively easy to see in the daytime, many of Siesta Villages crosswalks and people using them are hard to spot at night. Photo by Norman Schimmel
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The Sarasota News Leader SAFE PASSAGE MAJORITY OF SIESTA KEY RESIDENTS ATTENDING SEPT. 17 OPEN HOUSE ON NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALKS VOICE APPROVAL OF THE PLANS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Dr. Mike Sullivan (right) points out a mislabeled condominum complex on an FDOT map as he speaks with Richard Howard (left), the project manager, and Jay Winter, the engineer of record. Photo by Rachel Hackney
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 47 The Sarasota News Leader A Florida Department of Transportation illustration shows the approximate locations of the six planned crosswalks on Midnight Pass Road between the Stickney Point Road and Beach Road intersections.
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An FDOT rendering shows the design of the pedestrian crosswalks to be installed beginning Sept. 24. Photo by Rachel Hackney
CIRCUS CENTER CIRCUS SARASOTA AND SAILOR CIRCUS WILL SHARE A NEW, REFURBISHED HEADQUARTERS ON BAHIA VISTA STREET. By Stan Zimmerman City Editor Khera Smith, a home-schooled junior and unicyclist for Sailor Circus, enjoys the festivities. Photo by Stan Zimmerman
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 51 (From left) Dolly Jacobs, Sarah Pappas, Pedro Reis and Richard Knight, chairman of the Circus Sarasota Board of Directors, make use of two sizes of scissors to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarah Pappas of the Selby Foundation and Pedro Reis of Circus Sarasota unveil the plaque on the new headquarters. Photo by Norman Schimmel
PERVIOUS PARKING PARRY PLANS CALL FOR PERVIOUS CONCRETE, NOT ASPHALT, IN SIESTA BEACH PARK IMPROVEMENTS. By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The proposed redesign of the existing parking lot of Siesta Public Beach calls for use of bioswales to help lter stormwater before it reaches a new collection pond. Photo by Rachel Hackney
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Its an altogether different scene, looking under the hood of an electric vehicle. CHECK OUT THE PLUG-INS ST. ARMANDS SHOW ON SUNDAY TO FEATURE BOTH ALL-ELECTRIC AND HYBRID VEHICLES. By Stan Zimmerman City Editor The super-quick Tesla roadster is all carbon ber, and now the companys producing a sedan.
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 56 Gasoline in one side, and plug-in-power on the other: The Chevy Volt takes propulsion power both ways. Just dont confuse one opening with the other. Charging stations are expected to become more common, as electric-vehicle usage grows.
PRECINCT CHANGES APPROVED AFTER RESOLUTION REVISION A map submitted by Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent shows the boundaries of Precinct 106. IN RECENT SESSIONS, THE SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSION ACTED ON PROPOSED PRECINCT CHANGES AND FUTURE RENOURISHMENT OF TURTLE BEACH. IN OTHER ACTION By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 58 STATE FUNDING SOUGHT FOR NEXT TURTLE BEACH RENOURISHMENT
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 59 While Siesta Public Beach (shown here) has been growing wider over the past several years, Turtle Beach has continuing erosion problems. Sarasota County staff already is seeking funding assistance for another renourishment project for Turtle Beach. Photo by Rachel Hackney
CITY FINANCE GURU RETIRES By Stan Zimmerman City Editor FINANCE CHIEF RETIRING; SCOPE CONTINUES URBAN INSTITUTE TEAMWORK; PARKING FINES MODIFIED CITY BRIEFS Chris Lyons New parking nes and penalities loom for drivers in the city of Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 61 SCOPE CONTINUES URBAN INSTITUTE TEAMWORK PARKING FINE AND FEE MODIFICATIONS AIRED
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ALSO OUT YOUTH CALLED A KEY FACTOR IN AMERICAS PROMISE ALLIANCE HONOR FOR SARASOTA COUNTY The VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE NEARS FOR NOV. 6 ELECTION NEWS BRIEFS
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 64 DAY OF REMEMBRANCE PLANNED FOR SEPT. 25 IN SARASOTA CANDIDATES FORUM TO BE HELD SEPT. 27 AT CITY HALL UNBROKEN SELECTED AS THE ONE BOOK OF THE YEAR
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 65 RIVERVIEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NAMED TO GLOBAL IB COMMITTEE Paul Gallagher
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 66 ANNIES PROJECT TO EMPOWER FARM AND RANCH WOMEN Find Us On Facebook
OPINION TEBRUGGE, ALPERT FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE EDITORIAL
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 68 Adam Tebrugge and Liz Alpert for state rep resentative. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Sarasota News Leader.
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By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Editors note: Former readers of the Pelican Press who enjoyed Rachel Brown Hackneys Island Beat column, which kept all apprised of goings-on on Siesta Key, will be pleased to know that her new column Siesta Seen will be a regular feature in The Sarasota News Leader. BIG MONTH ON THE HORIZON Siesta Seen Peter van Roekens was kind enough to share this photo of another glorious sunset on Siesta Key, taken from Beach Access 4.
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 74 CLASSIC PLANNING
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 75 Master sandsculptors from across the country and Europe will be crafting Siestas ne quartz sand into imaginative sculptures like this 2011 winner, when they take the sand during the third Siesta Key Crystal Class Master Sandsculpting Competition, Nov. 8-12.
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 76 them. BEATING THE AVERAGES
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 77 THOSE DOGGONE DOGS
A BIT OF A MYSTERY To the Editor: Dear Lisel, ASK OTUS ABOUT OTUS Otus Rufous, an Eastern Screech-Owl, was born on Sies ta Key and is a full-time resident there. An avid hunter, accomplished vocalist and genuine night owl, Otus is a keen observer of our local wildlife and knows many of natures secrets. Otus will answer your questions about our amazing wildlife, but only if you Ask Otus. So please send your questions and photos to askotus@sarasotanews leader.com. Thank you. Otus Offal, File Photo
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Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 80 Otus (courtesy Victorian Web)
A TENNIS CLASSIC FOR TENNIS FANATICS By Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer Briton Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic to win the 2012 U.S. Open tennis tournament. Photo: Zairbek Mansurov | Dreamstime.com
Sarasota News Leader September 21, 2012 Page 82 ABOUT HARRIET CUTHBERT Harriet is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Sarasota News Leader. She is from Boston and remains a committed Red Sox fan. She loves living on Siesta Key, and vol unteers at the Sarasota Visitors Center to greet newcomers. She enjoys travel, meeting new people, photography, theatre, tennis, SarasotaNewsLeader.com
ComMunity CALendar The best of the upcoming week To get all the details on these and other great ac tivities food, nightlife, music, art, theater, chil drens events, learning opportunities and more go to Sarasotas No. 1 source for local events, hot spots, fun activities and hidden gems: 21 SEPT GatorNate and the Gladezmen: The Swamp Rock Super Show 22 SEPT S/ART/Q Fourth Annual Print Party 22 SEPT Defense Issues Forum: Searching for MIAs Bryan and Chris topher Moon 22 SEPT YPGs Art in the Park 22 SEPT Sarasota/Manatee Heart Walk 26 SEPT Grand Opening: The Blue Owl Tavern on Main
SCHIMMEL SIGHTINGS BEAMS OVER THE BAY Each week, Staff Photographer Norman Schimmel searches Sarasota County for iconic shots that underscore why the community is a favorite with residents and tourists alike.